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  • Council agrees to purchase fuel under contract

    The city of Vandalia will, for the first time, purchase fuel for city vehicles under contract, but the startup date for that contract has yet to be determined.
    Two weeks after South Central FS offered to sell gas and diesel to the city under contract, aldermen voted to accept that offer, but to let Mayor Rick Gottman decide when that practice will start.

  • Sheriff tells Fayette County Board about his aging fleet of vehicles with problems

    Fayette County’s sheriff told members of the county board on Tuesday that he is hoping to work with them on replacing a number of aging vehicles with high mileage in his fleet.

  • Briefs

    22/22 Challenge begins on Jan. 2

    With a 2012 study conducted by the Veterans Administration that shows that 22 veterans commit suicide each day, Northside Christian Church is inviting community members to join a national challenge at the Family YMCA of Fayette County.
    The challenge is to do 22 pushups each day for 22 days.

  • UPDATE: Rewards offered for vandalism information

    UPDATE: The Vandalia Police Department is providing a $1,500 for information leading to an arrest(s) and conviction(s), Fayette County Crime Watchers is offering a $750 reward, and Mayor Rick Gottman said that the city will match the Crime Watchers' $750 reward.
    Anyone with information about the vandalism can call Crime Watchers at 283-1986 or Vandalia Police at 283-0556.
     

  • St. Elmo Firefighters Participate in 9/11 Ceremony

    Members of the St. Elmo Fire Department again participated in the 9/11 Memorial Climb and Ceremony hosted by HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

    Members of the St. Elmo Fire Department who participated as the MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) honor guard were Chief Doug Engeljohn, Jim Giffin and Karen Wegscheid, and firefighter Josh Fulk who participated in the 110-Story Climb.

  • Live Line Demonstration
  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 14

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at Evans Public Library.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary meets at the Legion Home. The executive board meets at 5:30 p.m., and the regular meeting is at 6 p.m.

  • Smith will seek second term

    Chris Smith feels he has accomplished a number of things in his first four years as Fayette County’s sheriff. Now, he’s ready to hold that post for another four years.

  • County OKs outside work on courthouse

    The Fayette County Board approved on Tuesday the low bid from a Vandalia contractor for exterior work on the county courthouse.
    The board accepted Lester Construction’s bid of $119,500, the lowest of two bids for the work, which will include guttering and window wells.
    Explaining the project, Chad Austin of the board’s building and grounds committee said that it’s “work that has got to be done before there’s more damage (to the exterior).”

  • Multiple partners, benefits

    Local farmers looked over the crops at the research center south of Brownstown last week, though it was a different group of people who planted those crops this year.